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#253954 - 11/28/12 04:26 PM Reasonably priced water storage
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
Posts: 822
Loc: SoCal Mtns
And I also saw a youtube guy did on his stored water that was no more than he filled container with tap water,it was still good years later.

Anyhow,in my neck of woods get the food grade HDPE for 15 dollars for a 55 gal,or 100-125 dollars for the 275 gal tote.

Man thats cheap! And water I bet is the number one failure we most have in our preps.

If youre lucky some places will give away the 55 gal ones,if a friend works for Coca Cola,they get em free.
A typical craigslist ad.....

20, 30, 45, 55, and 275 gallon drums, barrels, and totes -
Date: 2012-11-20, 8:40PM PST

Please note pictures are at the bottom.

All containers have only been used once and look like new, and also have been pressure washed with cold water.
Please include your phone number when responding.
Truckload quantities are available (up to 166 per truckload)
Delivery is available for $20 for a 20 mile radius of Ontario. $20 for each additional $20. Flat fee 1-144 drums. Delivery charge is for the trip not per drum.


Closed top:
55 gallon 2 screw cap holes white, blue, dark green. $15
35 gallon 2 screw cap holes white, blue. $15
15 gallon 2 screw cap holes white, blue. $10

Removable top.
17 gallon food grade blue with black lid and metal snap ring $15
35 gallon food grade blue with black or blue lid and snap ring $15
55 gallon food grade grey with removable top with white lid $20
55 gallon food grade blue white or black top and metal snap ring $25
55 gallon Food grade red with black screw top $25.
58 gallon Food grade red or black with black screw top $25.

Food grade blue, white or black open top with a lid and snap ring $15
Food grade red closed top $15

Food grade 20 gallon $10
Food grade 35 gallon $12
Food grade 45 gallon $14
Food grade 55 gallon $15

275 gallon food grade totes $100
275 gallon non food grade totes $85

#254003 - 11/29/12 01:13 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1844
try just using the plastic milk or orange juice jugs.we use them for storing water from the rain barrel thats used to water house plants in the winter.ours are years old and don't leak and they get carried around the house and refilled from a few 30 gallon barrels i found with a "take me" sign on them.
food safe because thats what they are made for and square so you can store them.it's also "not all eggs in one basket deal".every time you empty a jug like that with milk,juice,apple cider--whatever just rinse it out with warm water,refill from the tap,unless you have nasty local water and put away.
i have said this before but living someplace where water is not a problem i was not really aware of the lack of it until i was driving in the SW and saw signs at the rest stops forbidding "tanking up" from the rest stops taps....

#254005 - 11/29/12 02:16 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
celler Offline

Registered: 12/25/03
Posts: 410
Loc: Jupiter, FL
One thing to keep in mind, water is heavy. You are going to need a forklift to move 275 gallons, so plan ahead as to where you are going to store it, preferably prior to filling it up.

#254006 - 11/29/12 02:38 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
GarlyDog Offline

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Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 776
Loc: The People's Republic of IL
Nice. I have 6 - 55 gal drums like these for our water storage plan. I bought a really cool siphon pump that makes using the containers practical. Good advice to fill it where it will be stored.

#254008 - 11/29/12 03:44 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2472
Loc: Big Sky Country
I bought a bunch of 7 gal & 5 gal containers from emergencyessentials.com. They're pretty sturdy and shipping is very reasonable. Down the road I'd like to add a couple of 55 gal containers but I've held off due that same issue- a 55 gal drum full of water weight around 440 lbs! The 5 gals are easier to move and simpler to rotate.
You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. Naguib Mahfouz

#254040 - 11/29/12 10:45 PM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
spuds Offline
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Registered: 06/24/12
Posts: 822
Loc: SoCal Mtns
I lived off grid in the desert once.

Had a 1200 I think gallon water tank.It took care of me for food,bathing drinking and a pack of mutts for three months.

I currently have ONE 55 barrel,and many 1 gallon waters.

Have 2,new 55 barrels on order from store.

Add 2 cubes of 275 gals,(thats only 200 bucks) and I would have 700 gals. Thats a good amt.

Space/wt is important,I have a place in yard that could easily hold 5 cubes protected.

So its time we got our water a little more under control.Wake up call for me,for first time in 15 years creek by me had no water when I checked a week ago,yikes!I thought it was always good,next closest is about 1.5 miles away. Hmmmmm.....still need that solar powered golf cart I see...

I too have a cool siphon for barrels.

#254045 - 11/30/12 02:11 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
2005RedTJ Offline

Registered: 01/07/09
Posts: 475
Loc: Birmingham, Alabama
So far I have one 55-gallon drum and several cases of bottled water. I bought the drum new since I was concerned about previous contents of a used one. I kept the box the drum came in and flipped it upside down over the drum to keep sunlight out and it's sitting in the garage.

My immediate plan is to add a couple of LCI 5-gallon jerry cans and a few more cases of bottled water, then soon another 55-gallon drum. Then add another drum every so often.

#254049 - 11/30/12 03:54 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2792
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Great finds. Wish I could find a deal like that.

A thought though -- hope you guys are keeping an eye on the product that was in these barrels and cubes beforehand.

Poly containers are notoriously porous, and all sorts of chemical nasties can embed themselves deep into the matrix. Simple washing won't remove this.

Not trying to be a downer. Just CYA, okay?

#254078 - 11/30/12 07:30 PM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
paramedicpete Offline

Registered: 04/09/02
Posts: 1920
Loc: Frederick, Maryland
A bit more on the pricey side, but would be good for moving water around or for someone who may not have much room to store water separately (make a coffee/end table and hide under table cloth or hide under bed.


WaterBrick Products

#254107 - 12/01/12 02:24 AM Re: Reasonably priced water storage [Re: spuds]
Blacktop Offline

Registered: 06/29/05
Posts: 134
Loc: Cypress, TX
Those WaterBricks are a neat idea, though a little pricy. All sorts of places you could store those.

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